Dukat is correct. We simply cannot afford getting a Japanese guest to PortConMaine. Even if we could, it would mean eliminating all other guests. That means anyone that is not a fan of that guest would be quite upset. I'm not going to do that. We're going to pull in a wide range of guests. As you can see from those we've already listed, we've got some variety between authors, cosplayers, and academic already...and some returning and some new.
Also, as a little insider info on the larger cons that have the budget for Japanese guests, it's not so much "Who do we want?" but "Who can we get?" To get a guest from Japan, you need to have contacts there. Getting someone outside of those contacts is nearly impossible. So while I might be a great idea to get your favorite Japanese voice actor, it's nearly impossible if your contacts in Japan have no way to get in touch with him or her. A lot of times, you just have to take who you can get.
However, that's not to say that a con is all about Japanese guests. Some of the best guests are from right here in North America. ...and I know a lot of people will be VERY pleased with the guest announcements we've got coming VERY SOON NOW. Oh, yes you will.
Until then, can someone please lock up this thread? Thank you.